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A Taste of Porto with a beautiful view.

When I think of Porto, I think of Port (mainly because it’s in the name) so the obvious thing to do while in Porto is to go Port tasting. I went to Taylors Fladgate commonly known as Taylors, established in 1692, and is still a family owned business with 3 vineyards, a winery, cellars and 22 growing partners across Portugal. The Cellars I went to was in the Gaia area of Porto, up on the hill looking over the river to the rest of Porto. Usually you get a tour of the cellars before the tasting but as our guide informed us that day they were going to get us drunk first! It was a gorgeous day, perfect for sipping port out in the gardens. Port tasting photo IMG_0695_zps1f607fdd.jpg I had never tried Port before, I assumed I wouldn’t like it but I was pleasantly surprised, it still wouldn’t be my first choice of drink but I wouldn{jcomments on}’t refuse it if it was offered. We were given 3 tastings, a chip dry (extra dry white), Late bottled Vintage (LBV) and a Tawny 10 year old. I was told all the differences, it depends on the type of barrel used to store the port and for how long it is stored in the barrels before it is bottled. If you really want to know the ins and out, the differences I suggest going on the tour yourself. Taylor's cellars photo IMG_0703_zpsc9eeabeb.jpg The tours and tasting is only €3 and children under 18 get free admission. If you have a big group you will need to book in advance. There are plenty of cellars to choose from in the Gaia area which is the opposite side of the river from the main city centre.

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